After anonymously purchasing the project from the federal government for $4 million via an intermediary, the owners of Wu-Tang’s mysterious Once Upon a Time In Shaolin album have finally come forward, and they want other people to hear the record.
As you probably know, the only existing copy of the Wu-Tang Clan’s 2015 album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, was previously seized from “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli, who is currently serving a seven-year sentence for securities fraud. The buyers, who at the time wished to remain anonymous, have now been revealed to be a collective of 74 people known as PleasrDAO, a group of crypto fans who in the last year have acquired a reputation for buying digital art.
“This beautiful piece of art, this ultimate protest against middlemen and rent-seekers of musicians and artists, went south by going into the hands of Martin Shkreli, the ultimate internet villain,” Jamis Johnson, the collective’s 34-year-old “Chief Pleasing Officer,” told Rolling Stone. Unlike Shkreli, who at times threatened to destroy the record, Johnson added that he wants people to hear it. “We want this to be us bringing this back to the people. We want fans to participate in this album at some level.”